Legendary Australian coach John Buchanan and the former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody are among the aspirants for the Lankan job once the incumbent think tank Trevor Bayliss bids adieu to his job after the 2011 World Cup which is in progress.
Buchanan who was appointed as the Australian coach in October 1999 to replace Geoff Marsh was considered an unlikely candidate given that he had not played the game at the Test level. Yet he became once of the most successful coaches for his country.
During his tenure the Australian team became the undisputed leaders in World ranking and took away the Cricket World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007, thus becoming the only team in history to win the World Cup on four occasions. Earlier Australia won the cup for the first time in 1987 when the tournament was held only in India.
The other prominent candidate is six-foot six-inch Tom Moody who took over the Lankan position in May 2005 and relinquished his it a few days after Sri Lanka had ended up the runners-up of the 2007 World Cup held in the West Indies.
Tom Moody is still considered one of the best coaches that Sri Lanka had in the post ’82 era.
Moody was preceded by John Dyson also another Australian and succeeded by the present coach Trevor Bayliss
Also in the run for the position are the present assistant coach of the Sri Lankan side Stewart Law along with Trevor Penny who was also associated with the Lankan team along with Moody. Besides the above there are four others who have also sought to take over the Lankan job at the end of the 2011 World Cup.